KOTA KINABALU A platoon from the 7th Battalion of the Royal Ranger Regiment recovered a map believed to be linked to the 2013 intrusion at Kampung Tanduo in Lahad Datu, the High Court heard today.
Capt Bukhari Bakar, who was then the battalion’s Company B, fifth platoon commander, told the court that he and his team found the map at an oil palm plantation at Kampung Jeragan Bistari in Felda Sahabat, Lahad Datu.
“We were patrolling on foot on March 30, 2013 at 10 pm when we spotted three people. We proceeded to track them but failed.
“However, we came across a map that says, ‘MAP POST ARMY SULU IN BORNEO 2876
PEOPLE ARMY ELITE IN 2012’, at the location where we had spotted them,” he said.
Bukhari, who is now a records staff officer at Kuching Staff Station Headquarters at Camp Penrissen Sarawak, was testifying in the trial of 30 individuals accused of involvement in the Lahad Datu intrusion.
According to him, the map also contained the names of a ‘General’ and several ‘Commanders’, and their respective locations.
To deputy public prosecutor Jamil Aripin’s question about the ‘general’, the witness replied, “General Baha”, whose location was ‘Semporna’.
Meanwhile, another witness testified that he saw two objects being tossed out of a moving car along Jalan Lihak-Lihak in Semporna on the morning of March 13, 2013.
Bukit Aman Special Branch (SB) officer, ASP Budi Juman Osman said he and his team were tailing a Perodua MyVi car and a white Perodua Viva believed to be carrying suspects linked to the intrusion, in two four-wheel drive vehicles.
“Through my binoculars, I saw the Viva overtaking the MyVi and then I saw two objects which appeared to be handphones, being thrown out of the Viva,” he said.
The witness said he and his team intercepted the two cars to arrest the suspects.
“There were nine people including four children in the Viva and 20, including 13 children in the MyVi,” he said.
He said Abdul Majil Jubin, Basil Samiul, Rizman Gulan and Rijmal Salleh, who are among the accused in the case, were in the vehicles.
Budi Juman said he and a personnel went to look for the two objects but had difficulty retrieving them in the swampy and bushy area.
In the dock are 27 Filipinos and three local residents who are facing one to multiple charges of being members of a terrorist group, waging war against the Yang di-Pertuan Agong, recruiting members for a terrorist group or wilfully harbouring individuals they knew to be members of a terrorist group.
They allegedly committed the offences between Feb 12 and April 10, 2013. The hearing before Justice Stephen Chung continues tomorrow at the Sabah Prisons Department. – BERNAMA